Bacarrat Basics


Bacarrat is a card game that dates back to medieval Italy. It’s now played in many casinos around the world and can be played in three variants: punto banco, chemmy, or baccarat banque.

The rules of bacarrat are simple and easy to understand, though the game can get complicated for new players. The goal of the game is to guess which hand will be the highest out of two cards that are dealt.

You can play bacarrat in the casino or at home. To play you need a deck of playing cards. You can find a set of standard playing cards in most shops and online.

Each card has a numerical value (see table on the right). Aces have no value, 10s and face cards are worth zero, and all other cards are worth their pip value.

The game is played on a large table that has 12 seats, six on each side of the dealer. Green felt covers the table and numbered areas mark where bets may be placed.

When the dealer deals the first card, both parties are given a short time to check their cards before making decisions. If the player has a higher score than the banker then they win.

Often Baccarat glassware is engraved with patterns, either by using a stone or copper grindstone, or by acid engraving. Acid engraving involves covering the glass in a tough tar-like material, called bitumen, to reveal the negative of the intended pattern.